Sailing area : British virgin islands

Sailing area: British Virgin Islands


The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are situated to the east of the US Virgin Islands. The main islands inhabited are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Peter island, Salt island.

Sailing in the Caribbean

The best time for a cruise in the Caribbean with your boat rental is between December and April, when the wind is more favourable and the sea is calm. Sailing enthusiasts consider the British Virgin Islands to be the dream destination for their passion. With constant trade winds, sailing is easy and goes perfectly with the local pace of life.  Departing from Tortola, you will find a large selection of boats of all types to rent; sailboats, monohulls, catamarans, trawlers or yachts, you will have no difficulty finding a boat with a skipper or a crew.  Several sailing routes are available, however Coolsailing suggests departing from Tortola and heading for Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island, Salt island, Virgin Gorda, and finally, Anegada.

Places to visit

Before embarking, we suggest you visit Tortola, which is the main island in the British Virgin Islands, as well as its capital Road Towns. As you visit the island's paths, you will discover exotic flowers and plants as well as rare birds. Visit the J.R O'Neal Botanical Garden, Sage Mountain and its different viewpoints on the island, then the Dolphin Discovery Centre which offers you the chance to swim with dolphins. Cool down at Cane Garden Bay, where the water is calm and several water sports are available. Then set your sights on Jost Van Dyke!
When you reach Jost Van Dyke, you will feel as if you are in a dream, surrounded by fine white sand beaches, turquoise water, hammocks. You will be able to swim in the perfect setting and try your hand at water-skiing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, and snorkelling and diving in the crystal-clear waters filled with thousands of tropical fish and marine animals.
Then, stop off at Peter Island, a dream island where you will be able to drop anchor at the different beaches and admire the magnificent landscapes of green lagoons and wild beaches.  Snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts will be able to discover dozens of species of fish and wrecks that date from a different period, such as the exceptional wreck of the MS Rhône, as well as the ramparts of rocks and caves. You will be able to enjoy an outing in the luxuriant forest that shelters unique species of animals and plants that are specific to this island.  Once your visit is over, set your sights on Salt Island!  
Salt Island is very popular with tourists, as most of the Caribbean Islands are, and there you will find white sand beaches and magnificent green lagoons.  With your catamaran, tour the island and drop anchor at the different coves and beaches.  The local food is delicious and offers a great selection of fish. You will find many original flavours.
Continue your trip with Virgin Gorda, a magnificent Caribbean Island that shelters many caves and preserved beaches. You will be able to drop anchor next to magnificent beaches and dive in the crystal-clear water among the smooth rocks. Do not miss Bath beach and its breathtaking caves, as well as its other beaches that offer translucent waters, ideal for an afternoon of snorkelling.
Finish your cruise with a visit to Anegada, an isolated island to the north of Virgin Gorda, it is still very wild and promises you many unforgettable moments. You will be able to fish, swim or dive in this preserved space. Your fully-equipped boat rental will allow you to tour the island and take advantage of the equipment and have fun in the beautiful waters. Kitesurfing enthusiasts, Anegada beach club offers classes and rents equipment to experienced athletes. You will be able to glide over the limpid waters of a deserted beach, an unforgettable experience!  
Wait no more to rent your boat. We can offer several ranges of boats, from catamarans to luxury yachts. We offer boat rentals with or without a skipper and with the option of a crew providing half-board or full-board. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you.

Worth knowing/Advice

  • Reserve 6 months in advance to have more choice in high season.
  • Visual navigation and hopping between white sandy beaches.
  • The catamaran will allow you to get as close as possible to the beaches, enjoy the outdoors, and minimise pitching.
  • Suitable for less experienced sailors.
  • Constant trade winds.

The ports in this sailing area

Hodge's Creek Marina, Nanny Cay, Tortola ...


To travel to and sail in the British Virgin Islands, you will need:

  • Passport which is valid for six months after your return date
  • Sailing license for the skipper

When to travel?

The best period to visit the West Indies is between December and the end of May. The month of May, which is more relaxed, offers interesting prices for flights and boat rentals.


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